Tank Inspector PRO Sneak Preview, Part I

Hello everyone,

It’s been sometime since we wrote our last post and make an update to Tank Inspector, but that doesn’t mean the project is muted or dead. In fact, as you might already heard, we are busy working on a new project, namely Tank Inspector PRO.

We started the Tank Inspector project about a year ago. Initially, Tank Inspector was intended to be a light-weighted tool to help people to study tank models and stats, so all the features are fitted into a simple and compact framework. Soon the program became really popular, many kind and practical suggestions were proposed by users all around the world. At the same time, we realized it is more and more difficult to extend the program to bring new features. That’s why we made the proposal to recreate the Tank Inspector.

The Tank Inspector PRO development has been launched in June. We have released several internal test versions which we called as Technical Previews. These preview releases are actually very incomplete and unstable, so we didn’t make them public. While we are looking forward to make a public release ASAP, in the meantime, we would like to share our progresses with all our audiences, just to tell whoever is concerned to our product, you are not waiting for nothing.

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On 9.3 CT Compatibility

In the 9.3 CT client, WG has reorganized their package files, all the packages with a _hd postfix became obsolete, and some of them, (e.g. vehicles_russian_hd.pkg), might be modified to some unknown format. Unfortunately, Tank Inspector will still read these obsolete files and crash on malformatted ones. We will make a new release to fix this problem as soon as possible.

For now, one workaround is to remove the vehicles_russian_hd.pkg file or change its extension name to any other name. This file is no longer used by the game, so be easy to do it.

In 9.2, some vehicles models (e.g. Tiger I) are rendered “leaked” in Tank Inspector. We did a brief check on 9.3 new HD models, T-34 and T-34-85M have the same problem, too. We will try to fix this problem ASAP.

9.0 CT2/3 Compatibility

Some more model changes and compatibility issues are brought to patch 9.0 CT2 and CT3:

  • The track of T-34-85 HD model is rendered incorrectly, however it is not correct in the game itself, neither (although they are incorrect in different ways). We’ll see how it will evolve in future patches.
  • The normal map of some vehicles, like Tiger(P) and high-tier American heavies have their format changed, it makes the lighting of these vehicles inverted. We are trying to fix this issue.
  • Due to model format change, some vehicle components (e.g. hull of T34) are not rendered. This will be fixed in the next version.

We will try to ship the new version as soon as 9.0 is live (Apr. 15th as you might already know).

Tank Inspector 1.3.0 Released

Hi guys,

Here is the new public/stable version. In this version, we have all the known client compatibility issues fixed, including 9.0 CT HD model support. The crashes caused by the recent 8.11 micro-patch, especially for the Polish version, are fixed as well.


As for the HD snapshot and offline mode features introduced in the last beta release, some polishing is still needed, we will bring them in the next public release.

Edit: (again), the Polish language pack was messed up, an older translation was used while releasing this version. Now it is fixed. Sorry!

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Crash on Polish WoT Client

Sorry for Polish users, the latest Tank Inspector will crash on a Polish WoT client.This is caused by recent changes of WoT PL Localization, or, to be more specific, the description of crew skills.

As we don’t have a Polish client, we are still looking for a solution to this problem. If you are using a Polish WoT client and is willing to help us, you can send the res\text\LC_MESSAGES\item_types.mo file (under your WoT path) to smellyriver.tankinspector@gmail.com to help us analysing this problem.

Edit: thanks to all of you for the help, now we have the requested files.

Edit2: problem located, this crash is caused by a malformation in the description of the Eagle Eye perk in PL WoT client. We will release a new version to fix this problem soon, along with 9.0 CT support. However, the perk description will remain incorrect, just like how it looks like in the game, until WG have it fixed.